The visit brought with it an extra special screening of the new Muppets film, allowing patients to see it a whole two weeks before it hits cinemas.
Excited patients arrived early for the film and were surprised with a question and answer session from Kermit and Miss Piggy themselves, introduced by the film’s director James Bobin, who had dedicated two years to getting the legendary characters to the big screen.
Chatting to patients
Kermit and Miss Piggy emerged in front of the rapt audience and kicked off the session with the patients, allowing them to ask whatever questions they wished.
"How long does it take you to get ready?" asked one small boy. "Five minutes, as you may have noticed, I don’t wear any clothes" answered Kermit. Miss Piggy on the other hand takes "five hours, but just because I like people to have to wait for me".
The Muppets screening
Kermit and Miss Piggy both thanked the patients for coming along and left them to enjoy the exclusive screening (which was also shown to all the patients in the hospital through their bedside entertainment systems). They then dashed off to wards, trying hard to not get too mobbed as they passed through the hospital reception.
On the wards
Kermit and Miss Piggy then visited children who were unable to come to the screening on Parrot Ward (for patients who need surgery to the brain or spine) and Tiger Ward (for neurology, epilepsy and craniofacial patients). They also visited the Dinosaur Day Care Outpatients department to see patients who wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see the film.
Staff and patients alike were left with broad grins and stories to tell on a day which won’t be soon forgotten.
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